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TWiTTech News Today 123: Does This Airport Scanner Make Me Look Fat? (November 22, 2010)

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How to make airport scanners less nakedy, Google's MS Office assault, do we need RFID boarding passes, and more.

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Tom Merritt
Sarah Lane
Darren Kitchen
Jason Howell


Top Stories

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Making Airport Scanners Less Objectionable

News Fuse

Looks like the web is not the big bad slayer of newspapers some would like you to believe. Rather, dependence on advertising is the culprit according to researchers at Oxford University. In many countries where online activity is high, including Scandinavia and Germany, newspapers fare well. The problem papers are in the UK and the US, where advertising accounts for a larger proportion of revenues.

One more shoe has dropped in the great Google TV blackout. How many feet does it have?! Viacom now blocks full episodes from streaming on your Logitech Revues and your Sony Internet TVs and the like. That means no MTV, no Comedy Central and no, heavens, Nickelodeon! Of course that is only if your browser is honest about its identity as Chrome on Google TV, but most people won't troubel to make it lie.

Here's another reason to hate Verizon FIOS if you don't live in an area with Verizon FIOS. As of today FIOS customers can order service that provides 150Mbps down and 35Mbps up. Of course you may not feel so bad when you realize that speed will cost you $194.99 a month when purchased with a one-year service agreement and Verizon wireline voice service.

Want Facebook to handle your messaging now that you get a email address? Prepare for a tiny bit of censorship. Facebook began blocking BitTorrent link-sharing on Facebook walls and news feeds last spring, and also started blocking private messages between users that included a link to torrents on the Pirate Bay. There is no legal reason Facebook needs to do this, they just decided they would.

Facebook also wants to be your homepage. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is set to ask its users to make the social network their default homepage, a move that could boost the site's traffic at the expense of Google.

It was reported in October that Apple was developing an open SIM card -- Allegedly the programmable card would allow iPhone buyers to choose a carrier and activate their service without having to call or visit a mobile carrier. -- Well, it turns out the carriers didn't like that very much and threatened to stop offering subsidies -- So Apple has been "sent back to the drawing board with their tail between their legs" said one source to The Telegraph

The US National Reconnaissance Office has launched what is reputed to be the largest satellite ever sent into space. The spacecraft was put into orbit on a Delta-4 Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force station on Sunday. The NRO gave no details about the payload but it is understood the satellite will be used to eavesdrop on enemy communications.

Wonder how you'll charge your Nissan Leaf? NRG Energy hopes to install 150 charging stations in the 25 mile vicinity of downtown Houston starting in February. You'll need to subscribe, though the $89 all-you-can-juice monthly plan will also include the installation of 240-volt charging systems in residences. But you may rather wait for Halo IPT . They have a way to embed wireless charging in roads by 2020 to charge cars as they drive.

Kickers and Weird Science

RFID boarding passes could be used to track down passengers late for boarding, because they're lounging around in those posh frequent flyer clubs. Technology developed by the TINA (The INtelligent Airport) project has succeeded in getting 100 per cent reading accuracy, in an area of 100sq m, to within 4m of a tag. The coverage of 100sq m is much large area than has previously been achieved.


Verizon launching LTE network in December 2010

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Listener co-host show

Help pick the best moments of TWiT and TNT


8Matt in Orlando: Geek points subtracted.

"Hello guys, I just listened to ep121 of tnt, and heard a listener email you on the blackberry situation in south Africa.

It is the same situation in Nigeria where i live. Every one has a blackberry or aspiring to get one(3 years a go every one had a nokia phone) The gsm networks are pushing the blackberry drive.The phone is most popular for the younger people ages between 20 and 40.

The black berry service in Nigeria has made communication abit easier , via blackberry chat, yahoo/msn chat, twitter, facebook etc. (computer density in nigeria is about 5%,ie not more than 5% of the porpulation have access to computers left alone to the internet)So in a way these mobile devices helps bridge the gaps. Some of the gsm network providers give unlimited data access via the BIS (blackberry internet service).

Most people using the blackberry agree that its services such as the BBM has reduced the operational and communication costs.People now prefer to send im's than to do a voice call.

love the show, listener from ep1 and podcast download made possible by my unlimited blackberry internet service. Dennis Patrick from nigeria"

"Our entire company had Optiplex GX260, 270, 280s about 5-6 years ago and the capacitors popped and bulged and they told us there had been a recall and sent a tech out to replace the entire motherboard the next day (each instance) but that's because we had Gold Tech Support (Enterprise). It took 18-24mo before the capacitors started leaking and we have a 36-42mo upgrade cycle so we only had a few dozen out of 200 that went bad before we replaced them all, but for schools and hospitals who can't afford to upgrade quickly... they've been screwed :-(

-Alan (in North Dallas)"

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